Finding a balance between respecting the past and welcoming the future

by Andy Estrada, Planning and Zoning Commissioner, City of Casa Grande and REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker ROX Realty

As a longtime resident of Casa Grande, my passion has always been the growth and development of Casa Grande. From a young age, I have been active in the community, and have gotten involved in many activities. While in high school, I was involved in multiple activities, including becoming president of the Catholic Youth Organization, an altar boy, softball coach and a dance instructor, only to name a few. After high school, I enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving my country proudly, I could not wait to come back home. I am currently serving as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Casa Grande while working as a real estate agent.

It has been my honor to watch our little City of Casa Grande grow into what it has become today. Growth is inevitable, but as we grow, we must find a balance between respecting our past and welcoming new opportunities. In that regard, I feel that we must nurture our city into growing the right way and not stunting our city’s growth by holding on too tightly to the Casa Grande of the past. I feel strongly that it is important to support our city leaders who have the vision of a greater Casa Grande and help guide our growth in a positive direction. Holding the city back will not serve our residents well, and we may be left holding on to a dream. My dream, as a resident of Casa Grande, is for the city to continue to prosper and to realize its full potential as an amazing community to live, work and play.